Mayor & Councillors with the LGBT+ flag
Mayor & Councillors with the LGBT+ flag

LGBT+ history month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of people who identify as LGBT+ and is intended to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against, the LGBT+ community. We have a vibrant and proud LGBT+ community in Lewisham, which is supported by an active LGBT+ forum within Lewisham Council, encompassing both staff & Councillors.

At the last Council meeting the Mayor and Councillors took the opportunity to be photographed with the new LGBT+ flag to show their support. The flag represents our commitment to equality and is a symbol of the Council’s support and appreciation for the LGBT+ community. We are also flying the LGBT+ flag from the Council building in Catford for the entirety of February.

The new LGBT+ flag has additional brown & black stripes, to represent BAME inclusivity, as well as pink & blue to represent the Trans community.

Last year during Black History Month and LGBT+ History Month Lewisham LGBT+ Forum used posters from their carefully curated BAME LGBT+ Recommended Books/Authors List as part of a poster display in Lewisham Library and others around the Borough of Lewisham.

This year Lewisham Library is hosting their Trans Recommended Books/Authors List in their window display space and also using some of the books in the list to form a display inside local libraries.

You can open and download a copy of the Trans Recommended Books/Authors List in PDF format here: https://lewishamlgbtforum.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/trans-books-list.pdf

And you can open and download a copy of the BAME LGBT+ Recommended Books/Authors List in PDF format here: https://lewishamlgbtforum.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/bame-lgbt-author-books-list-xc.pdf

In Lewisham we are hosting a wide array of events and celebrations, from poetry readings and film nights to quizzes and crafts! For a full list of LGBT+ History Month events in Lewisham please follow this link: https://lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/events/lgbtq-history-month

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